Skin: Fair due to living in the city. Easily tans.
Body Type: Slender
Is stronger than she looks (i.e. able to take on some physical activities due to her adaptable nature).
Traits & Characteristics
Strengths and Weakness (depending on the situation)
Has written for several east coast magazine, newspapers and periodicals about life in San Francisco.
Can use (and is not afraid to) a derringer pistol (mainly for self-defence purposes).
Aliases / Nicknames
Current: San Francisco
Kith & Kin
Grandfather: Ishmael Thornton (deceased)
Uncle: John Caleb Thornton (deceased)
Cousin: Shade Thornton
Her parents (Robert and Isabelle) and siblings (older brother Joseph and younger brother Harvey) are still alive - they live and work in San Francisco.
Born to Robert and Isabelle Thornton in Philadelphia. She is the second of three children born to the couple. Her father was one of the younger sons of Ishmael Thornton and brother to John Caleb Thornton (Shade's father).
Her family moves to San Francisco. On the way west, they visit John Caleb and his family.
Marries George Carlton, a young and upcoming lawyer. The marriage is relatively happy, even though she is unsure if she really loves her husband.
George Carlton is killed in a riding accident and leaves Sarah a small inheritance. With the help and advice of friends, Sarah invests the money in real estate and other businesses. The result is a modest income to support herself and live comfortably.
1865 - 1875
Sarah continues to live in San Francisco and at some point reverts back to her maiden name by adding it to her surname, as she feels that being label as a widow is cumbersome (however, she still uses her married name when necessary). She also starts writing articles for eastern magazines and newspapers about life in San Francisco as a way to earn extra income.
Popular and socially active, she has rejected a number of proposals and doesn't see the point in marrying as she is self-sufficient.
After finding out about a prominent San Francisco family's secret, she is given the choice to leave San Francisco or be financially and socially ruined. It is also implied that her family would be affected or in danger if she chooses to remain.
Mature Content: No
With: Sarah Thornton-Carlton and Matt Wentworth Location: Belle-St. Regis Hotel When: Late September 1875 Time of Day: Morning
Sarah stretched a little before making the attempt to get out of bed. The sun had already been out for a while but she was in no hurry to get up. The trip here had taken more out of her then she realised and except for a trip to the ladies bathroom to get a much needed bath, she had spent most of yesterday in her room. Thankfully, the hotel did have some sort of room service so that she could have her meals without having to go downstairs.
There was a lot to do today with the most important task of getting word out to Lost Lake Ranch and her cousin to tell him about her arrival. She needed to find someone who was reliable and trustworthy enough to pay to go out there or better still if one of the ranch hands. The preference was to find a ranch hand and considering the size of Lost Lake, there should be at least one coming into town on a daily basis to get supplies or the mail.
After getting dressed, she sat down to write her note to Shade. When that was done, she wrote out a list of what she needed to do in town. The first thing was to find a dressmaker so that she could have some suitable clothes to last out the winter. The air was already starting to feel cool indicating that winter may be early. Besides, she was hoping to stay for a while so that she could get to know Shade again.
Standing up, she went over to the mirror to make sure everything was good. She probably missed breakfast but had heard that there was a good cafe that had a peculiar name, where she could get something to eat. Once she made sure that the note to Shade was on its way, she would have to time to go there and explore the town as well.
Sarah nodded, not quite knowing what to say as she didn't really know how children could be.
For the next minutes, she concentrated on her meal as she was hungry. The wait for the meal had only increased her appetite. To her surprise, she found the food tasted very good. She didn't expect quality cooking to be in a place so far away from the nearest city that had a first class restaurant. Whoever the cook was, he needed to be commended. After making a mental note to do send a message to him in the morning, she took a sip of wine, before stifling another yawn.
Now that she was full, she feel really tired. Turning to Eleanor, she smiled, "Please forgive me, but I'm afraid everything has finally caught up to me and I need to turn in before I fall asleep right here. Thank you for your company tonight over the last two days. I am glad that we met."
Sarah stifled a yawn as she listened to Elinor's remarks. Her yawn had not gone unnoticed by Mr. Wentworth and she quickly apologised, "I'm sorry. It's been a long trip and I'm starting to feel it."
Matt nodded, "That's understandable. Kalispell is not an easy place to get to."
"I agree but this was a trip I had to make." She was beginning to think that she should rest up for a day or two before going to visit her cousin. A thought then struck her that she should first let Shade know that she was here before turning up unannounced at his home.
"Could you tell me how far away is Lost Lake Ranch is? I can't even remember if the town was here the last time I came as it has been over 16 years, so I am a bit confused."
Matt told her how far it was, and she sighed. It was indeed some distance and it could take some time to send word. There was nothing for it but to go there tomorrow or the day after and hope for the best. She looked at both Elinor and Matt. "Will either of you be able to recommend someone that I can buy or rent a buggy from?"
As Sarah watched the desk clerk deal with Elinor's requests, she got the impression that the man was a little bit intimidated. She didn't quite understand why Elinor would make the feel this way but she did remember what Elinor had told her about her family. Maybe that had something to do with it.
She heard Elinor say the man's name during their conversation, so when it was her to sign the ledger, she smiled at him, hoping that he would feel more at ease. After signing, the ledger, she wanted to get some help with her luggage, "Mr. Simpson, my luggage is outside on the landing where the stagecoach driver left, could you please get someone to take it up to my room."
As soon as she had described what her trunk looked like, Simpson smiled and said that it would be taken care off. He seems to be more than eager to help her in any way that he could and remarked upon this. Sarah smiled in return and thanked him, before turning her attention back to Elinor.
"I suppose we may as well go in and find a place to sit. The desk clerk said that there would be plenty to choose from."
(OOC: I'm bring Matt in as my next post. Either Elinor can ask him over or he will approach the table on his own accord.)
Mature Content: No
With: Sarah Thornton-Carlton, Matt Wentworth, and maybe Elinor Steelgrave + anybody else who wants to join in. Location: Belle-St. Regis Hotel When: September 1875 Time of Day: Evening
As Sarah approached the front desk of the hotel, she wondered if she had made her exit too quickly. At first, she had gotten the impression that the meeting between Elinor and her daughter was not going to be pleasant but now she had her doubts.
When she got to the desk, she noticed that no-one was around. She spun around to see if there was anybody who looked like a desk clerk in the lobby. There was only a young couple standing talking near the door. Most of the people in the hotel were congregated in the dining room. For a moment, she contemplated going back there to see if anybody could help but instead she opted to ring the bell.
Looking at the two people, Elinor had mention, Sarah for a moment thought that they looked like an odd couple. She knew from their conversations on the stage, that Elinor's daughter was in her early twenties. The doctor, on the other would be around her age or maybe slightly older. He seemed a little bit out of place in the elegant dining room of the hotel.
Judging by the look on the daughter's face, Sarah got the impression that Elinor's appearance was unexpected. Not wanting to be around for what might be an awkward situation, Sarah decided that this would be a good time to find a room. She turned to Elinor, "If you will excuse me for a minutes, I will go and see if there are any rooms available. I can join you after you've had time to say hello to your daughter and her companion."
Looking up and down the main street of Kalispell, Sarah was a bit surprised that it was bigger than she thought it would be. When she heard Elinor mention dinner, her stomach grumbled. It had been a long time since breakfast at the overnight stop and they had only a few sandwiches to tide them over until they got here.
"Yes dinner would be nice but I was wondering if I should go and find a room for the night first," she replied.
The remainder of the trip was uneventful. She and Elinor talked to each other about various things. When they reached the overnight stage stop, they were joined by a young couple from one of the nearby farms who were on their way to Kalispell to visit family.
A few miles out of Kalispell, Sarah began to prepare herself for the task ahead. The first order of business was to find somewhere to stay and where exactly her cousin's ranch was located. Then she would have to find a way out there. She would also send word to her father that she had arrived safely. Not knowing if she would get the chance to say something when to she got off the stage, she addressed Elinor, "I want to thank you for being such good company on this trip. I hope the trouble between the men in our families won't stop us from being friends."
Sarah smiled, "Excitement is not what I came out here for. In fact, as far as some people are concerned, the less excitement I get into the better. However, it is true that there may not be much to do out here compared to San Francisco but I think I it will be a little bit interesting to find out what life out here is like."
A short while later, the stage pulled up to rest and water the horses. Getting out and being able to walk around felt wonderful and when the driver announced that it was time to leave, Sarah felt a little bit disappointed. It was long enough but she guessed that the driver wanted to get to the overnight stop before dark.
Settling back into her seat, she pulled out her journal and began writing in it. The trip out here would be sure to stir up the imaginations of some her readers in the east and back in San Francisco. Writing about life was a way for her to earn some extra income. Maybe there was a newspaper in Kalispell that might even pay her to write stories. It would certainly help keep her busy during the winter but that was something she would have to think about. The first thing she had to do when she got to town was to find her cousin and the family home. That in itself would take some time.
Sagas of the WIld West is a roleplaying game set in a fictionalized version of the town of Kalispell in Montana territory. Our stories begin in 1875 and are set against the backdrop of actual historical events.Sagas was inspired by the classic television and movie westerns. Our focus is on writing, storytelling and character development.
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